Jan 162014

            Who has designed a t-shirt for a fundraiser or simply for an event? Most of these great designs are lost in the servers of the companies who produce the shirts, never to be seen again. What if there was a company who helped you design your shirts, set your price point and do all the work for you? What if you could take your design and use it to raise funds for your organization?

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With Groupizo, everyone is a designer. Groupizo is the only multipurpose design and sell platform online. It’s ideal not only for fundraising and nonprofits, but also for group leaders, budding designers, artists, and people who like to wear cool custom T-shirts. The opportunities are endless! When you create a Groupizo event, you design a custom T-shirt, hoodie, hat, or other apparel item, set the selling price above the cost to produce, and we send you a check for the difference. (A.K.A. your profits!) Since everyone who orders pays individually, you never have to collect money or carry inventory. This makes Groupizo the perfect custom apparel solution for school groups, spiritwear, fundraisers, and testing out your skills as a fashion designer.

The Pin to Win contest offers you the opportunity to win big – Groupizo events have produced anywhere from $100-$1200 in profits for the designer. Entering the contest is simple, too! All you have to do is find or create a design, and pin with the hashtag #GroupizoDC. The winning design – the one with the most likes and repins will be sold using Groupizo. The winner takes home the profits!!


1. To enter, pin the design you would like to see on a T-shirt with the hashtag #GroupizoDC. #GroupizoDC entries will be repinned to Customizo’s Groupizo Design Contest pinboard daily. The contest runs January 17 through January 31, 2014.

2. Licensed or otherwise copyrighted designs for which official paperwork stating permission of use cannot be obtained will not be accepted and will be deleted from the Pinboard. Example: Blackhawks logo, Disney princesses.

3. You may enter as many times as you wish.

4. Winner will be chosen from overall popularity the design with the greatest number of likes and repins. Share contest details with friends and family to make sure your pin wins!

5. The winning design will be sold on tshirts through an event on Groupizo.com. The event will run for 14 days.

6. The winner will receive a check with their profits 15 business days after the close of the event.

For more details and contest rules visit: http://bit.ly/KL7qDN

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Review Wire Media and Groupizo. All views and opinions with regard to Customizo or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company.

Oct 012013

Your honeymoon will be one of the most important times in your life. From the euphoria of the wedding, you are supposed to be swept up in a whirlwind of romance as you leave the country for foreign climes. Of course, these vacations, like weddings, don’t plan themselves. Perhaps one of the most important elements of planning the whole wedding, the honeymoon requires thought, planning and prearrangement to ensure you have somewhere to go to celebrate when you are newly wed. But where should you go, and what factors should you be considering to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime?
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The first thing you need to think about when planning your honeymoon is the destination. Any vacation is only as good as the destination you are going to, and the honeymoon should traditionally be something pretty special. Some people choose to go on safari, viewing the wildlife of Africa as a once in a lifetime expedition. Others choose to visit Europe, or to head across to Thailand. The location itself is central to the type of honeymoon you will have. Like most details when it comes to weddings, it just has to be perfect to be a winner. Take your time when choosing the destination – it is important both partners feel happy and comfortable with their choice.

One increasingly popular option is to select from destination wedding packages and combine the wedding and honeymoon into one trip. While you could still fly off somewhere else for a honeymoon, most people choose to stay somewhere close to the place where their wedding takes place. For the couple who dream of getting married on a beautiful island, atop a mountain, or perhaps in an ancient castle, this can be the wedding of a lifetime. At the same, it makes planning the honeymoon significantly easier. Given that you’d otherwise need to fly away to your honeymoon, this can even be a great way to save money – especially when you consider that you’ll have fewer guests to feed. Effectively, your flying costs are neutralized by what you’d otherwise spend on getting to and from your honeymoon, and the wedding ends up being much smaller and simpler.

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Airline tickets are another big choice, particularly given the cost of long-haul flights. If you can afford to be flexible on your route and on the amount of time it takes you to get there, it can be possible to pick up a great deal. This can help ensure you have more spending money to take with you on your honeymoon.

The honeymoon period is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable times in your life – the chance to get away from all the stresses and strains of the day to day, and to focus on spending time with your new spouse. Honeymoons can only be relaxing if everything is taken care of, and you need to be sure that this is the case before you set off.

Feb 282013

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Today we are celebrating a special couple who has been married for 54 years. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Mami and Daddy!! My parents have one of those harrowing stories of survival and separation due to impending death and reunion and intrigue and success and struggle and more success. You know, typical love story. Join us in wishing them a very happy 54th Wedding Anniversary and many blessings of health, joy and love.

Feb 232013

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It’s that time of year again! A time when CoupleDumb rolls out the couch and brings in the movie seats to share our OSCAR PREDICTIONS!!!

We have been doing this for years now and nowadays we are actually watching the movies! So before you start arguing that some is not all, here are our predictions!

Best Picture Nominees: “Amour”, “Argo”, “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”, “Django Unchained”, “Les Misérables”,”Life Of Pi”, “Lincoln”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Zero Dark Thirty”- We saw 7 of the 9 nominees (not bad considering one year we saw 0 out of 5). Lots of great movies this year. We loved most of these but will have to say that Lincoln was fascinating only in that the current political climate resembles that time. The only thing missing was Boehner crying. We will have to go with Argo for the win on this one. It was exciting, fast paced and the acting was superb!

Actor In A Leading Role Nominees: Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”, Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”, Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables”, Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”, Denzel Washington, “Flight”- The only performance we didn’t watch was Joaquin Phoenix but we did see “I’m still here” and after that we pray for him every night. I think Bradley Cooper or Hugh Jackman should win because they were great and they are my secret boyfriends. Unfortunately, the Academy tends to reward English Actors who play historical figures so Daniel Day Lewis will win.

Actress In A Leading Role Nominees: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”,Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”, Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”, Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”, Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”- This one is really easy. Jennifer Lawrence for the win! I saw her eat a squirrel in Winter’s Bone so give her the Oscar for dancing badly.

Actor In A Supporting Role Nominees: Alan Arkin, “Argo”, Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”, Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”, Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”, Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”- Look, this is the toughest category this year. Forget what you heard. DeNiro was O.K. but Arkin, Jones and Waltz KILLED! If I had my druthers I would split it with all three. I think Jones will win but Waltz deserves it more.

Actress In A Supporting Role Nominees: Amy Adams, “The Master”, Sally Field, “Lincoln”, Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”, Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”, Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”- Yeah, this one is way easy. Anne Hathaway for the win with a side of fries and a chocolate shake because Oh dear God woman you need a sandwich!

Animated Feature Film Nominees: “Brave”, “Frankenweenie”, “ParaNorman”, “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”, “Wreck-It Ralph”- I liked Paranorman but I think Brave will take the prize this year. I am a sucker for Scottish accents.

Cinematography Nominees: Seamus McGarvey, “Anna Karenina”, Robert Richardson, “Django Unchained”, Claudio Miranda, “Life Of Pi”, Janusz Kaminski, “Lincoln”, Roger Deakins, “Skyfall”- Easy one, too! Life of Pi was beautiful. Richard Parker is a badass kitty.

Directing Nominees: Michael Haneke, “Amour”, Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”, Ang Lee, “Life Of Pi”, Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”, David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”- Yeah, Affleck was screwed. I would be predicting Affleck on this one if he hadn’t been royally shafted. I will say David O Russell because I don’t think Spielberg deserved it.

Music (Original Song) – Easy- Skyfall- Adele- Need I say more.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) -David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”- Funny, smart!

Writing (Original Screenplay) – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”- If you haven’t seen this movie, do it now. It was amazing, funny, great, uncomfortable, wild and all together awesome!

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